Reviewing Birchbox: January & February Reveals

Well, my reentry into Birchbox world went so well in November and December (you can check the post out here) that I decided to stick with it. It can get a bit boring to review them every month though, so I’m thinking I’ll double-up and write about them every other month.

Here’s what I received in my January Birchbox:

Birchbox - January 2016

  • R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, full-size $29
  • amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, full-size $24
  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre, full-size $28
  • Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner, full-size $16
  • Tonymoly Delight Tony Tint in Red, full-size $6

Initially the product I was most excited to try was the dry shampoo. I recently tried dry shampoo for the first time a few months ago (I bought this one and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to dip their toe into the world of dry shampoo), but was super confused on all the options out there. I was curious if the fancy version was any different than the cheapo version I use. Verdict: They perform about the same but the R+Co version scent sticks with you for much longer.

I have the amika spray from a previous Birchbox and like it for when I want my bangs to keep a slight curl all day long. I tried the Embroyolisse cream and it goes on really light but moisturizes all day, so that’s a win. I experimented with the liquid liner for my ‘trying a cat eye’ post and while it was fun to try, it didn’t end up being a very good match for me. As for the red lip tint, it was just kind of weird.

Now, let’s check out my February Birchbox:

Birchbox - February 2016

  • Color Club mini polish in That’s my Jam, full-size $8.50
  • Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask, full-size $40
  • Naobay HydraPlus Cream, full-size $29.60
  • Hey Honey Take it Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, full-size $29
  • POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix in Coxy Crimson, Full-size Trio $24

I was actually excited about every single item in this month’s box and it all seemed like a great fit for me. The nail polish is a really pretty shade of red, which I will certainly get plenty of wear out of (my toenails are pretty year-round). A conditioning hair mask is a great fit, especially with all the dry heat pumping out of my heat pump this time of year. I ended up taking it with us to Great Wolf Lodge and slathering my poor chlorine soaked hair with the mask two days in a row. The mask worked great and the smell was amazing!

I was pleasantly surprised at the large sample size for the Naobay cream and will definitely be spreading this face lotion on after any night-time showers, since it doesn’t have an SPF. As for the peel off mask, I can’t wait to try it! The POP lipstick is a really pretty shade of red, but I didn’t find it very moisturizing at all. I think I will save this one for special occasions or quick photo shoots for the blog.

I’m still really happy that I decided to give Birchbox another try and really feel like I’ve gotten a good value for my money over the past few months. I really loved the last couple boxes and can’t wait to see what they send me next!

Have you broken up with a subscription box only to return a few months later and love it?


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One thought on “Reviewing Birchbox: January & February Reveals”

  1. I haven’t tried BirchBox yet, but I feel like I’m gonna have to at some point. I just hate hair products (because my hair is so short and I don’t need ’em). That second box is winner winner chicken dinner. I have received the Hey Honey exfoliating mask in an Ipsy bag before and I absolutely loved it!

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